LIVE TO BE INSPIRED…BE INSPIRED TO LIVE – PT 5: Foster Creativity

LIVE TO BE INSPIRED…BE INSPIRED TO LIVE – PART 5: Foster Creativity by DEFINE’s Emotional Wellness Expert, Jessica Pass, LMFT

So far we’ve tackled a few different topics in this series; from relationships, to engaging environment, to the power of community and engaging mindfulness in search of enhancing our daily life and feeding our inspiration to live more fully, happy and aware. Each topic, inter-related, yet uniquely different all come together to produce profound results daily if we allow them to. Fostering creativity, part five, is in my opinion, where we can utilize all of the previous topics to inform and expand our creative side to find true organic inspiration that will ultimately cause a dramatic ripple effect in productivity, motivation and our energy levels.

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Pictured Ashley BarberPhotography & Design: Christi Minter, DEFINE body & mind.

Creativity is often mistaken as something we produce- a painting, song, blog post, etc.- when in fact is actually a process. Meaning it is more about the act of being creative than it is the product that comes out of it. The difficulty with this misconception is that it discourages many people (maybe even you) from letting go, being in the moment and forgetting about what others will think. Instead we (I’m including myself here) miss out on having fun, implementing new ideas, innovative thinking and connecting with a deeper part of ourselves by telling ourselves that we just aren’t like those other artists, actors, writers, musicians or entrepreneurs that have all the good ideas and produce the best work.

First things first, we have to disengage from comparisons and getting in the way of our own progress! It’s difficult enough with all the other negative messages we tell ourselves daily about not being pretty enough, smart enough, out-going enough or good enough as the next person. Why allow yourself to be riddled with complacency and stagnant thought when new, creative and engaging aspects of who you are can shine through? Easier said than done, believe me, I know.The one thing I’ve done most in life is get in my own way, tell myself that it just isn’t good enough or become so worried about failing that I just end up never following through (self-fulfilling prophecy at its best!). On the other hand, I can literally feel it physically when I’ve strayed too far from my own creativity. I feel dull, weak, bored, tired and unmotivated. This happened a few months back. I found myself doing the same thing, falling into a boring routine and pattern. It wasn’t until I sat down to write an article and began exercising my right brain (the creative thinking, less analytic side) that I felt a rush of energy, almost like a tingling sensation running through my body. Honestly, I felt like I could have ran a marathon (well, no I actually have a hate-hate relationship with running, the exaggeration helps with my point). I think I must have stayed up for hours because my body had no idea what to do with my creative brain waves echoing loudly and keeping me awake.We all need creativity; without it there would be no innovation, original thought, cool gadgets and witty screen plays, or even bright colors, fantastic museums, inspiring leaders and addictive Revolution classes! Creativity stimulates brain development from an early age and helps kids perform better in school. Ever heard of the music programs that are aimed at increasing kid’s math scores? Or maybe art programs that help kids, teens and adults alike get in touch with emotional experiences that language cannot express on its own? Without creativity we’d all have lower self-esteem and possibly never leave home for fear of failure without the security of our parents or loved ones.

Creativity helps us problem solve, resolve conflict, strategize and feel empowered. Maybe you can remember a time that your own unique idea was well received and praised…or when you received that award for an exceptional paper, art project or proposal. The benefits of being creative are endless. From lowering stress levels and reducing risks of dementia as we age, creativity enhances our lives mentally, physically and emotionally. Talk about a well-rounded approach to living a full, happy life! And it’s fun!

Like all of the other posts prior related to living more inspired, there are ways to develop your creative mind and get back to the freedom of self-expression. We are all unique and express ourselves differently so it will likely not look the same for you as it will for someone else. Maybe starting with a blank canvas or sheet of paper is all you need, or perhaps talking it out with someone who shares similar desires, goals or interests gets your wheels spinning. Whatever it is, whether you know it or not, start somewhere. A quiet space or loud music you enjoy, it doesn’t matter, just get out of your head and allow your expression to take over. Here are a few examples of ways these actors, screen writers, artists and producers get in touch with their creative side. Feel free to try a few or maybe just read, relate and allow their thoughts to give you inspiration and encouragement.

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Pictured : Erin O’Leary Stewart, Photography & Design, Christi Minter – DEFINE body & mind

Just start scribbling. The first draft is never your last draft. Nothing you write is by accident. – Guy Garvey, Musician

I used to think that being inspired was about sitting around waiting for ideas to come to you. That can happen occasionally: sometimes, I’m walking down the street and suddenly hear a fragment of music that I can later work into a song. But generally, it’s not like that at all. I liken the process to seeing ghosts: the ideas are always there, half-formed.

It’s about being in the right state of mind to take them and turn them into something that works. – Fyfe Dangerfield, Musician

1.Make sure you are asking a question that is addressed both to the world around you and the world within you. It’s the only way to keep going when the doubt sets in. – Rupert Goold, Director

2.Gather inquisitive and reflective people around you. The rapid bouncing back and forth of an idea can generate compelling concepts at amazing speed. – Sunand Prasad, Architect

3.Let go. The subconscious part of myself creates far more interesting things than the conscious part can ever dream of. – Akram Khan, Dancer and Choreographer

4. Mistakes can be inspiring – allow yourself to take risks, and do what scares you. – Kate Royal, Opera Singer

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Jessica Pass is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Instructor at DEFINE body & mind. She has a private practice in Houston, Texas, specializing with children, adolescents, individuals, couples and parents. Jessica’s approach incorporates mind-body integration, education and practical strategies to improve emotional wellness, emphasizing all aspects of who we are to live fully and thrive in our relationships.
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